Monday, October 15, 2018

Harvest Festival Welcomes Autumn in Franklin!

The Franklin Downtown Partnership's 16th annual Harvest Festival was the largest one yet! More than 160 vendors offered activities, food, entertainment, giveaways, and more to the thousands of people that flooded downtown!

Thank you to the Harvest Festival Committee, especially Event Chair Scott Martin, as well as the Bernon Family Branch YMCA for running the children's area.

We also very thankful for the help of these FDP members:
  • Beth Simon for managing the volunteers
  • Bryan Taberner, Roberta Trahan, Pandora Carlucci, Kevin Johnson and Beth Wierling for all their help on the planning committee and during the event
Special thanks to Jen Hurst and Dean Bank for running the FDP food tent and to Michael Carroll at Dean Bank for coordinating the Dancing on Dean bands which were a huge addition to the Festival this year.

We are also grateful to:
  • Rockland Trust for the use of its parking lot
  • Intermissions for the use of its patio
  • The Franklin DPW, Police Department and Town Administration for all their support




The Harvest Festival would not be possible without sponsorships by area businesses. We truly appreciate the generosity of these sponsors:

Silver SponsorsDean Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, Rockland Trust



Bronze SponsorsAcadia Dental, Atria Franklin, Chestnut Dental Associates, DCU, Franklin Ford, Glen Meadow Apartments, Keefe Insurance, Orangetheory Fitness - Medway








Children's Area SponsorBernon Family Branch YMCA




Friends Sponsors
Beaux Regards Photographic Art, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Fenton Financial Group, Franklin Central Pizza, Franklin Cultural District, Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center, Franklin Historical Museum, LeafFilter, MyFM 101.3, Renewal by Andersen, Rescom Exteriors, Simon’s Furniture, and Tom Fricker Complete Heating & Cooling, LLC.

See many more photos from the Harvest Festival on our Facebook page!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Harvest Festival Moved to Sunday, October 14!

Due to the rain that is forecasted for Saturday morning throughout the early afternoon, and the clear and sunny forecast for Sunday, the FDP Harvest Festival will move to its rain date on Sunday, October 14.
Please note that all other event logistics regarding set up times and booth locations will remain the same.
We hope that your schedule will still allow you to participate. If you are a vendor that has a schedule conflict that will prevent you from participating in the event, please contact Harvest Festival Chair Scott Martin.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Join Us at the Harvest Festival October 13!

16th annual Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Festival

Get ready for Franklin’s largest-ever fall festival at the 16th annual Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

Nearly 7,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Harvest Festival which will feature great local entertainment, kids’ activities, artisans and crafters, fall-themed giveaways, and delicious food from local restaurants. In case of rain, the Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday, October 14.

The event will be held on Main Street, Dean Avenue, West Central Street, and Depot Street in downtown Franklin, as well as the large parking area behind Rockland Bank. This year, the always popular Harvest Festival promises to be the largest one-day event the Partnership has ever produced.  

More than 160 vendors, crafters, exhibitors and groups will participate in this celebration of the arrival of autumn! Main Street, and portions of Dean and Depot Streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Harvest Festival October 13


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

FDP General Meeting September 6

Please mark your calendars to attend the next Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting on Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in Dean College Campus Center, Campanella Board Room. All members are welcome!



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Harvest Festival Registration is Open!


Registration for booth space at the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s 16th annual Harvest Festival is now open! The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., on Main, West Central, Dean and Depot Streets in downtown Franklin. The rain date is Oct. 14. Organizers expect booth space for this event to sell out. Franklin Downtown Partnership members receive a booth for free; non-members pay $125. Downtown businesses must send in an application to ensure store-front space. Booths are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Follow the registration link and pay online through the Donate” button on this page.


Harvest Festival Registration is Open!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kindness Rock Garden Installed in Downtown Franklin


Franklin’s new Kindness Rock Garden has been installed and is located on Main Street in downtown. The project is an extension of a popular national initiative called The Kindness Rocks Project that has a mission of promoting random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients by painting and dropping inspirational rocks.

The project was a community effort: Berry Insurance spearheaded the Kindness Rock Garden, Rockland Trust donated the space, Franklin Agway put down river stones and planted marigolds, and the Downtown Franklin Partnership facilitated the project. 

The project kicked off during the Partnership’s Strawberry Stroll in June when children and adults painted rocks at the Berry Insurance booth. 

“We’re excited to bring a dedicated Kindness Rock Garden to downtown Franklin, said Berry Insurance President Kaitlyn Pintarich. “Watching the residents paint rocks at the Strawberry Stroll was so rewarding – together we can help spread more kindness one rock at a time.”

Berry Insurance plans to continue to offer rocks and supplies for people looking to make them throughout the year and is also hoping to offer one or two “paint nights” a year for community members. 

Visitors are encouraged to visit the Kindness Rock Garden next to Rockland Trust, 58 Main St., Franklin. 

“Rockland Trust is excited to be part of the Kindness Rocks Project and invite all of Franklin to stop by the garden outside of our branch to see the wonderful designs and messages firsthand,” said Laurel Katsaros, Vice President of Retail at Rockland Trust and Franklin Branch Manager. “We take great pride in our community involvement and were delighted to participate in a program that emphasizes positivity and strengthening relationships with one another.”



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Harvest Festival October 13


The Franklin Downtown Partnership is planning downtown Franklin’s Harvest Festival for Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In case of rain the event will take place on Sunday, October 14. 

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event which will feature music, entertainers, delicious foods, crafts, give-aways, sidewalk sales and more. For the first time, the Harvest Festival will also host a Fall Craft Beer & Wine Tent. 

In mid-August, the Partnership will post a link to register online through the FDP website, www.franklindowntownpartnership.org. Booths are free to 2018 FDP business members and $125 for non-members. The registration deadline for participants is September 20. Downtown business owners need to send in a registration to secure store-front space. A late charge of $35 will be added to registration forms received after September 20, and no registrations will be accepted after September 30. Booth space is expected to sell-out prior to the deadline so businesses are encouraged to sign up during August if they want to secure a booth. 

“Traditionally, the Harvest Festival has been our biggest FDP event,” said FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana. “We expect this year will also be incredibly popular and we’re excited to bring such a vibrant event to downtown Franklin.”

Sponsors are needed to help support the Harvest Festival. Sponsorship forms are posted on the FDP website. Alternatively, business owners can contact the FDP office. Questions about the Harvest Festival should be directed to Scott Martin, chair of the Harvest Festival, at fdpharvestfest@gmail.com.







Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FDP General Meeting June 14

Join us Thursday for the last FDP general meeting until September. The Campanella Room is located on the first floor of the Dean College Campus Center across from the Dining Center. 


Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Strawberry Stroll


The 16th annual Strawberry Stroll was the best one ever! Thousands of people flooded Main Street in downtown Franklin to visit 100 vendors, and enjoy musical entertainment, activities, and of course, strawberry shortcake!




Thank you to the co-chairs of the Strawberry Stroll Committee Beth Wierling and Jen Hurst, as well as the many volunteers who donated their time and energy to make the event successful!



Many thanks to the Franklin DPW for their help in setting up this event and the Franklin Police Department for directing traffic and keeping everyone safe!

Also, thanks to the wonderful musicians who kept adults and children entertained throughout the evening!









The Strawberry Stroll would not be possible without sponsorships by area businesses. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor
Dean Bank




Gold Sponsor
Dean College


Silver Sponsors:
Atria-Franklin


Franklin Cultural Council
Keefe Insurance


Bronze Sponsors:
Chestnut Dental


DCU


Franklin Ford
Glen Meadow Apartments


Middlesex Savings Bank
Teen Revolution



Friends Sponsors:
Franklin Central Pizza
Franklin Health & Rehabilitation Center


Renewal by Andersen


Tom Fricker Heating & A/C, Inc.

See many more photos on our Facebook page! View the 2018 Strawberry Stroll photo album

Friday, June 8, 2018

Highlights of the 2018 Strawberry Stroll

Wondering what's in store at the Strawberry Stroll? Check out the highlights here. Better yet, join us in downtown Franklin from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, June 8! 



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Traffic and Handicap Parking

Please note that on Friday, June 8, Main Street, Dean Avenue and Depot Street in downtown Franklin will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Strawberry Stroll from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Parking on Main Street will be closed from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be handicap parking available at the Dean Bank parking lot during the Strawberry Stroll on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This will give seniors and others with mobility issues only a short walk to the strawberry shortcake tent in front of Dean Bank. We will have plenty of chairs and tables as well.
Also, there will be room for senior buses to drop off seniors in the Dean Bank parking lot off Dean Avenue. Please keep in mind that Main Street will be closed so buses will need to enter off Dean Avenue.

We hope you'll join us for the Strawberry Stroll on Friday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Strawberry Stroll June 8

Please help the Franklin Downtown Partnership promote this event by telling your friends!
Thank you again to all our wonderful sponsors!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Beautification Time Change!

Due to the predicted inclement weather on Saturday morning, we are changing the planting time to Friday evening, May 18, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Anyone with a truck willing to help is encouraged to meet us at Fairmount Farm on Lincoln Street to transport plants to downtown at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Thank you all in advance for your help with this project!

Questions? Please contact Beautification Committee Chair Eileen Mason, 508-330-4234.




Friday, May 11, 2018

New FDP Sign

Thanks to Signs by Cam for installing our new FDP sign and ladybug!



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Volunteers Wanted for May 19 Downtown Beautification Day

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common has been scheduled for Saturday, May 19.

Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant the flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge and in barrels in front of businesses. The event will go on rain or shine.

Community service hours are available to high school sports teams, scout groups and students needing volunteer opportunities. A new feature this year is that residents who volunteer for Beautification Day can obtain a free, one-year, resident membership ($25 value) to the Franklin Downtown Partnership. Membership offers discounts to a variety of businesses and a subscription to the Partnership’s newsletter.



Friday, April 27, 2018

Strawberry Stroll Registration is Open

Registration is now open for booth space at the Strawberry Stroll on Friday, June 8! This year's fun - and tasty - event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Show off your business to the large crowd that will be kicking off their summer season at the Strawberry Stroll!



Monday, April 23, 2018

Beautification Day May 19

The Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club’s annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common has been scheduled for Saturday, May 19. Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant the flowers and greenery on the downtown bridge and in barrels in front of businesses. The event will go on rain or shine. Community service hours are available to high school sports teams, scout groups and students needing volunteer opportunities. A new feature this year is that residents who volunteer for Beautification Day can obtain a free, one-year, resident membership ($25 value) to the Franklin Downtown Partnership. Membership offers discounts to a variety of businesses and a subscription to the Partnership’s newsletter. Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up a few trays of flowers at 7 a.m. at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St. Contact Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason to sign up to volunteer.